|What are you doing here at Tulane, Louis?|
|My regular attendance here is a response to events in my past. Claire Ellis, in her article, "Rothbard is the pipe man", which was the initial published notice of my presence at Tulane, exposed some aspects of this background. A transcript appears below, as the text in the photo of the article may be unreadable in this format. Anyone wishing to view an original may find one in archives at the Howard Tilton Library.|
Initial published notice of my presence:
"We restored a two-story house, bought an old Cadillac and put it back together in our spare time and also owned a trucking company," he said.
Unfortunately, the life partnership ended when the relationship was destroyed by a court
[Note - I have removed a two line segment of this article from its location at this point, in the interest of accuracy. Any other braced item within this transcript is my edit, also done to improve the accuracy of Ms. Ellis' report.]
Rothbard said it was then that he decided to stop working.
"I retired when the court interjected itself into my life [wrongfully,] destroying a very wonderful relationship," he said.
Rothbard said he knew he couldn't return to New Orleans because the memories of Lourdes would cause him too much pain.
He then departed for Miami. However, he decided to stop in New Orleans for Mardi Gras on the way.
Rothbard recounted a time during a parade when a doubloon landed on his folded arms.
"I couldn't even pick it up," he said.
"I had once felt like I owned this city, but [ ] then I knew I had to leave."
Rothbard said after that incident he spent some time in Miami recovering from the break-up.
"I was being a student of life, trying to let time heal things before coming back to New Orleans," he said.
Three years later, Rothbard found the strength to return to the Big Easy. He said that his desire to return was ignited by the attitude of people in the city.
"I just knew when to come back. There's open-mindedness and diversity here."
Rothbard has been back in New Orleans for a year and three months.
He said he returned to the Tulane campus not only to talk with students but also to memorize poetry at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.
"I particularly like Edgar Allen Poe. I have now memorized most of his poems," he said.
When Rothbard does engage in conversation with students, he said that he prefers not to discuss campus issues. Instead, he said he would rather talk about problems with the legal system in our society and about current events of the world.
"I like to talk about what the real world is like beyond the synthetic bubble of academia," Rothbard stated.
In addition, Rothbard said that he wanted to present himself as an interesting stimulus to students.
"I want to attract people with active curiosities."
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